5 Must-Hit Spots On Your Central Coast Road Trip

5 Must-Hit Spots On Your Central Coast Road Trip

A Central-Coast road trip is never a bad idea, especially if you’re already thinking of a vacation. You can take off from right here at The Sanctuary Beach Resort, or make it a stop along your route. Either way, you need to check out these five destinations on your Central Coast road trip:

San Francisco

One of the most expensive cities in the world, San Francisco beckons its high-end citizens and travelers with breathtaking hills, sprawling parks, and incredible food. Whether this is the beginning of your Central Coast road trip, the middle, or the end, it’s an obvious necessity. Just a few hours north of The Sanctuary Beach Resort, it’s a doable day-trip, and great stop-off.

Santa Cruz

Moving south from San Francisco, Santa Cruz is one of the greatest Central Coast gems you can visit. Across Monterey Bay from The Sanctuary Beach Resort, this little surf town impresses travelers with its quaint, local arts scene, magnificent beaches, and uber-Californian vibe. Resort guests can easily day-trip here, as it’s just an hour north of The Sanctuary Beach Resort.


Located smack-dab in the middle of The Central Coast, Monterey is one of California’s most gorgeous regions. Explore the county and taste some of the best wine in the world. Hit downtown to visit exquisite seafood restaurants and the colorful old converted sardine factories on Cannery Row. And, enjoy a nice relaxing stay at The Sanctuary Beach Resort. Check out our guide to Monterey.

Pebble Beach

Moving further south, Pebble Beach is home to some of the most famous golf courses in all of the United States. Additionally, the area is home to even more coastline views, gorgeous beaches, and national parks for roadtrippers to enjoy. Pebble Beach is just located 15-miles south of The Sanctuary Beach Resort.

Big Sur

Lastly, and just a bit further south, Big Sur is one of the greatest natural attractions in the world and on the Central Coast. Shoot down here for a day-trip, or overnight camping on the area’s world-famous coastal cliffs. Big Sur is a phenomenal destination for hiking, swimming, and breathtaking views.